The Burning Air

The Burning Air

Book - 2013 | 1st American ed.
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"The MacBrides lead a cozy life of upper class privilege: good looks (more or less), a beautiful home, tuition-free education at the prestigious private school where Rowan is headmaster, an altruistic righteousness inherited from magistrate Lydia. But when Rowan and his three grown children gather for the first time since Lydia's passing at the family's weekend home--a restored barn in the English countryside--years of secrets surface ... [and they] discover a stranger in their midst"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2013.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780670026722
Branch Call Number: FIC KELLY
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 02, 2016

This was an excellent suspense novel. I felt that the real mystery was not so much in "who did it" as why the characters did what they did, and what they were capable of doing. I was not really curious about Lydia's diary revelations because it already seemed like she took things out of proportion. Lying to put Darcy in jail was wrong, but I think she did not need to feel guilty for the deaths of Darcy's mother, who was dying anyhow, or of Tara's boyfriend, as there is no way of knowing that his murderer would have been apprehended if she hadn't accused Darcy. And Darcy was already pretty mentally unstable. I don't think the family should have covered things up the way they did; although they seemed to see it as the only way to protect their family, I think it just created another family secret that will ultimately be harmful to them. I appreciate the irony that Jake, whose conception was aided by Darcy's childish revenge of putting holes in Tara's condoms, is the one who kills him, inflicting injuries similar to the ones Darcy inflicted on Jake's uncle. Another reflection of the theme that what goes around comes around. I wanted to know more about Sophie's character, and also Kerry, who seemed to be almost a different person in the last chapter. Perhaps I've read too much Agatha Christie but I was hoping Felix and Kerry would reunite... I like some happiness in the wrap - up!

dollfacecrafter May 15, 2014

I really loved this book, it was well written and very twisty turny. I think the big reveal at the end wasn't really that big of a deal, but I guess the chain of events of woulda, coulda, shoulda, caused a great deal of harm.

Jul 14, 2013

Sometimes she is using very elaborated sentences that it's hard to comprehend. I was reading this book in July 2013, but some of the chapters start with dates from the end of the 2013, including month of November. We are not there yet. So what was the purpose to use flash forward dates? The impression is that this book had to be finished by the end of 2013 and then - published. But something made it to be published before planned day. Only from the middle of the book I understood that Darcy is a male. Until then I thought that Darcy was a female. I guess that was a trick to make narrative more tangled, but for me it resulted in certain confusion to get used in accepting Darcy as a male.
Overall I like books of this author. The first two - "The Dark Rose" and "The Poison Tree" I liked much more than this one.

ChristchurchLib Apr 08, 2013

"The MacBride clan has long lived seemingly untouched by misfortune, at least until matriarch Lydia dies from cancer. It's around then that everything else falls apart - there are affairs, trouble with the law, too much drinking. And somehow connecting it all are a mysterious confession in Lydia's extensive diaries, long-kept family secrets, and an outsider bent on exacting terrible revenge on the MacBrides, who he has long felt have wronged him. Shifts in perspectives - and in time - as well as the disappearance of a baby lend an increasingly urgent air to this third novel by a British author compared to Sophie Hannah, Ruth Rendell, and Morag Joss." April 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter


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“I have forgotten how companionable silence could be.”


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